One of the best issues of 2009
Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse vol 3) issue number 123 was nominated for the 2010 Eisner Award for "Best Single Issue (or One-Shot.) Usagi Yojimbo is well known for it's awards and nominations. In 2009, the series was nominated for 2009 Eisner Award for "Best Continuing Series". Over the years, Stan Sakai (one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet) has racked up over 20 nominations and a few other awards such as the Eisner Award for "Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition." I don't know why there's not more Usagi Yojimbo fans or praise being given to a long running creator-owned series.
The GoodMiyamoto Usagi is a ronin (Samurai without a master). Across his wanderings to become a better swordsman and person, he occasionally runs into old friends such as Masaki. Masaki, and his servant Kenta, served lord Mifune - the same lord that Miyamoto Usagi served until lord Hikiji killed their master and split up the land and clans. Now, Masaki and Kenta has tracked lord Hikiji to a small village and are preparing to attack and kill the lord to avenge their former master. Usagi has grown past his revenge, but Masaki is determined to kill the lord and avenge his master.
The story, characters, and artwork are all great and work well for the story. The twist at the end of the story serves as a good story telling point of life lessons while it doesn't come off as a preachy moral tale. It's just a good samurai story with one swordsman that can't put the past behind him and another who's moved on in life.